Ricky Tomlinson to star in new musical ‘Irish Annie’s’


Actor and comedian Ricky Tomlinson returns to the stage in a new musical that celebrates the best of Irish culture.

Irish Annie’s will perform around the St Patrick’s Day celebrations at St Helens Theater Royal on Monday 14and March and the Epstein Theater Liverpool on Saturday 19and March.

The play will also travel to the Joe Longthorne Theater in Blackpool on Friday July 1. Tickets are on sale and selling out fast!

Irish Annie’s is a celebration of Irish culture, from music to comedy, featuring the famous six-piece band The Shenanigans.

Meet owner Annie and her regular customers for a fun evening of comedy, music and mayhem, with original tunes written for the show by Asa Murphy, plus your all-time favorite Irish tunes, including Galway Shawl, Tell Me Ma, Dirty Old Ville, Whiskey In The Jar, Danny Boy and many more. The evening promises to make the public laugh, sing and dance all night long.

Ricky Tomlinson will join the cast along with Scouse Pete. Ricky is a much loved actor and comedian living his whole life in Liverpool, he is best known for his roles as Bobby Grant in Brookside, DCI Charlie Wise in Cracker and Jim Royle in The Royle Family, he also played the title character in the film Mike Bassett: England Coach. He is a passionate musician who plays both banjo and harmonica.

Ricky said: “This show is a joy to be a part of, with a wonderful cast of characters and beautiful original, classic Irish music. Come and enjoy the show, I guarantee you will have fun”.


Irish Annie’s is co-produced by Bill Elms Productions (Judy & Liza, Jerry Springer The Opera, Swan Song, Something About Simon) and Asa Murphy Productions (Buddy Holly Lives, The Bobby Darin Story).

The show also stars Catherine Rice as Irish Annie, Asa Murphy as Seamus Murphy, Nathan Murphy as Porky the Postman, Sam Conlan as Noel Singen-Smithe, and Pauline Donovan as Moira the Money Lender.

Producer Bill Elms commented:

“Irish Annie’s is the perfect show to put on around St Patrick’s Day, it’s a huge feel-good show full of comedy and live music, I’m delighted we have such a fantastic cast including Ricky Tomlinson, Asa Murphy and Catherine Rice. The show premiered in Liverpool two years ago and has been a rage. Now it’s even bigger and better than before, expect more dates to come.

Asa Murphy created and co-produced the show. Asa has been a successful artist for 18 years. He has performed all over the world singing Big Band Swing music and my own songs. He fulfilled many of his dreams as a performer selling London’s Ronnie Scott’s, headlining the famous Liverpool Empire, and cruising and singing on the world’s finest ocean liners. Asa also has a very popular BBC radio show and has been on the air for 10 years. In 2019 he turned his talents to musical comedy writing and has so far had three hit shows, Buddy Holly Lives, Mack The Knife and Irish Annie’s, as well as two children’s shows.

Credit: Gerry Molumby

Writer and performer Asa Murphy added:

“This show is a celebration of all that makes Irish culture and the Irish people so special. The laughter, the music and the ability to get people through life’s tough hurdles through friendship. I’m very proud that the show was so well received by my family originally from Cork and Tralee and many still live in Ireland.

Book tickets to see Ricky Tomlinson in Irish Annie’s here.


William N. Fernandez